On June 19th, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger delivered a historic order in Galveston, Texas, declaring the freedom of all slaves. This day, known as Juneteenth, marked a significant milestone in American history and became the oldest holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the country. In this blog post, we will explore the significance of Juneteenth and how we can honor it by fostering inclusivity and equality.
“The people of Texas are informed, that in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of The United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves…”
The Significance of Juneteenth
Juneteenth, also referred to as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Jubilee Day, holds immense cultural and historical significance. It commemorates the moment when over 250,000 enslaved Black people in Texas learned of their freedom, two years after the Civil War had ended. The first Juneteenth celebrations allowed Black communities to proclaim their newfound freedom, marking a joyous occasion of liberation.
Celebrating Juneteenth: Fostering Inclusivity and Equality
Juneteenth serves as an important opportunity for families to come together, reflect, and reconnect. It provides a platform to discuss the true meaning of freedom and educate younger generations about the ongoing pursuit of equality. As Coretta Scott King wisely stated, “Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won; you earn it and win it in every generation.”
As a foster community, we have a unique role in celebrating and honoring Juneteenth and the freedom of Blacks in America. It is crucial to recognize the significance of race and to view children in foster care as their authentic selves. By promoting a home environment that values and celebrates Black culture and achievements, foster families can empower and uplift children in their care. With over 4% of black children in Utah’s foster care system, it is essential to create inclusive spaces that continually acknowledge and embrace their history and heritage.
At Utah Foster Care, we take pride in celebrating Juneteenth as a day of freedom. It symbolizes our ongoing commitment to inclusivity and equality for the families and children we serve. Let us use this day to reflect, learn, and promote a society that honors the rich diversity and triumphs of all its members.